Full time students are eligible for UP TO $2250
and part time students are eligible for UP TO $1125.
Education and Training Voucher: Fact Sheet
Funds are available for eligible youth that are pursing post-secondary education
or training opportunities.
What do I get?
Up to $5,000 per fiscal year! This can cover the following school-related
- Tuition and fees and room and board
- Books, supplies, transportation (not to exceed $3,000), and miscellaneous personal
expenses, including purchase of a personal computer (not to exceed $1,500)
- Student loans
- Dependent care expenses
Who is eligible?
You are, if you meet the following requirements:
- On or after your 14th birthday you were:
- in foster care because of abuse/neglect, or
- a juvenile justice youth who was placed in a DHS supervised foster care placement,
- an undocumented refugee minor supervised by DHS.
- IF adopted, were adopted from foster care on or after your 16th
- AND have a high school diploma or GED.
- AND attend at least half-time at an accredited school that:
- Awards a Bachelor's degree or not less than a 2-year program that provides credit
toward a degree, or
- Provides not less than 1-year of training toward gainful employment, or
- Is a vocational program that provides training for gainful employment and has been
in existence for at least two years.
- Youth must receive their first ETV prior to their 21st birthday.
- Youth who meet the above criteria can receive ETV once each fiscal year until their
23rd birthday, provided you receive at least a 2.0 GPA and do not have
more than one incomplete or withdrawal per semester.
How do I apply?
- Get the application from your caseworker
- Complete the student application and ETV application forms
- Compile all required documentation
- Return completed application and documentation to your caseworker
- After receiving your application paperwork, you will be contacted by an ETV Caseworker
to have an interview scheduled. This may be face-to-face or via telephone. An application
will NOT be awarded until this interview has been completed.
- Applications will be processed as soon as all of your application materials
have been turned in and processed.
- You must apply your funds toward any fees due to your school.
- This opportunity is available once each fiscal year. The fiscal year starts on
October 1 and ends on September 30 each year. If you received these funds last year,
your next application can be processed beginning on October 1.
- Once awarded, you will be required to send in grades after EACH semester. You must
be maintaining a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average in order to be awarded again.
Not sending in your grades on a regular basis can affect whether you will be awarded
in the future.
- In addition to the requirement of having a 2.0 GPA, you are required to complete
classes that you are registered for. If you drop or incomplete more than ONE
class in a semester, you will not be eligible to be awarded again until you complete
a full semester.
- Once being awarded, you will be contacted on a regular basis by an ETV Caseworker.
You must keep the ETV office up-to-date on your current telephone number and address.
This is especially important because we also send occasional mailings that may include
information on additional resources and funding.
- Any money owed to the school for tuition or other costs will be sent directly to
the school. Other checks will be written out to vendors, such as a landlord, car
insurance company, or a store. These checks will be mailed to you and you will be
responsible for paying the appropriate people and companies. You are also responsible
for obtaining receipts for all ETV money spent and sending copies of them to the
ETV office. Your eligible funding is only available during the term you submitted
an application for.
- Samaritas reserves the right to contact the student’s
school to verify the youth’s enrollment.